Four Day Breath

Four Day Breath: The relentless pursuit of identity

four day breath - Spectre of the Brocken

They painted him as the antagonist, and maybe he was. To me, he seems more like a recluse, waving his antisocial self-indulgence from a distance to anyone that would listen. 

Who needs friends, family, or… even a pet?” He spews to his dog.

In the vast theater of his thoughts, he always perceived it – a vivid portrayal unfolding in chapters, intensifying. 

The criss-cross of scenarios, he’s certain of their broken and fictitious timeline of events. 

He’s a warrior against the system; the system he has tried to change, he is now a part of, which buries him into self exile.

Persistently, he checks the mailbox, hoping for a token of affection from them, from someone, anyone. 


So, he pushes, and they push back, he pushes again, this time even harder. Before he knows it, a wave of blue uniforms and badges engulfed him, pinning him to the ground in a chaotic knot. They manipulated his mouth, coercing an apology for his four-day breath and now his fractured jaw.


Ultimately, the swine in blue always has the last word.

Four Day Breath: You can find this story in the collection “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the Observer.”

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Ran Kime, a writer, poet, musician and recluse from New Hampshire, crafts abstract stories, flash fiction & poetry that probe the psyche. His collections include “Spectre of the Brocken: Halo for the observer” and “Way Past Tipsy & Other Silent Cries for Help”.